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Ecosystem Ecology Group

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

About the Group

The Ecosystem Ecology Group focuses on interactions among physical, chemical, and biological elements of riverine ecosystems that organize ecological behavior at local and regional scales. We are also interested in the effects of global change (land use, atmospheric deposition, emergent contaminants) on the structure and function of streams and rivers, and the need for more socio-ecological perspectives on conservation and restoration of running water ecosystems.

Ecosystem Ecology Staff

Photo of Stephanie Bernasconi hiking in the mountains

Stephanie Bernasconi

Research Technician, Part-Time Environmental Educator
Sara Damiano

Sara Damiano

Research Technician
Michael Gentile

Michael Gentile

Research Technician
Headshot photo of Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

Ecosystem Ecology News

Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi
Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi
Bernasconi originally wanted to be a marine biologist but a semester on a sailing ship convinced her to stick to studying fresh water ... Read More
Stream Reach: Building Communities from White Clay Creek to the Yangtze Basin
Stream Reach: Building Communities from White Clay Creek to the Yangtze Basin
To truly make a difference requires, not only understanding freshwater systems, but working with all kinds of communities to protect them ... Read More
Don’t Stop Me Now! Studying the Effects of Milldam Removal
Don’t Stop Me Now! Studying the Effects of Milldam Removal
Stroud Water Research Center scientists are investigating how milldam removal might affect groundwater and surface water quality ... Read More
Float and Flow in the Brandywine
Float and Flow in the Brandywine
To measure how fast algae grow while they are floating downstream, Stroud Center scientists floated, along with the algae, for an afternoon in canoes ... Read More
Visiting Scientist Goes with the Flow
Visiting Scientist Goes with the Flow
Clara Mendoza-Lera's research will investigate the burden that heavy storms and flooding, worsened by climate change, place on stream ecosystem health ... Read More
Algae That Is Beneficial … Until It Isn’t
Algae That Is Beneficial … Until It Isn’t
When a stream’s normal ecosystem is disturbed, the growth of a normally beneficial species can explode and cause problems ... Read More